Hawks confirm more arrest warrants issued against Bushiris

The Bushiris are facing fraud and money laundering charges amounting to over R100 million and will face additional charges after contravening strict bail conditions.

FILE: Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, his wife, Mary, and one of his co-accused appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 4 November 2020. Picture: Kgomotso Modise/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks on Wednesday confirmed that the North Gauteng High Court issued two more warrants of arrest for the second time against fugitives Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.

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The Malawian national, who got rich through contributions to his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG), fled South Africa last week and handed himself over to the police in Malawi on Wednesday morning after a manhunt on Tuesday night.

The Bushiris are facing fraud and money laundering charges amounting to over R100 million and will face additional charges after contravening strict bail conditions after he was held in police custody by South Africa law enforcement.

Bushiri and his wife were expected to appear in a Malawian court soon where it is reported a case would be made for or against their extradition back to the country.

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It also remained unclear how the pair escaped from South Africa, where they claim they feared for their lives and that they would not be treated fairly in a trial.

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